Thursday, March 1, 2012
ORNL in the News

ORNL completes first phase of Titan supercomputer transition

( Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Jaguar supercomputer has completed the first phase of an upgrade that will keep it among the most powerful scientific computing systems in the world...2/29

Carbon fiber market: Gathering momentum

(High-Performance Composites) ...Oak Ridge National Laboratory is actively involved in several partnerships, including one with Dow, to explore the market for automotive carbon fiber made from alternative precursors, including lignin, olefin and polyethylene. And recent announcements of partnerships between carmakers and carbon producers portend an upsurge in automotive composites...2/29

Tool puts spotlight on nation's electricity generation capacity

(R&D Magazine) A technology developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory could streamline and strengthen the process for siting power plants while potentially enhancing the nation's energy security...2/28

Biotech firm poised for big growth

(Charleston Daily Mail) A new invention by a West Virginia biotech company has significant potential for the life sciences industry on a global level and to create hundreds of jobs in the state. The new invention, the LAESI DP-1000 System, debuted late last year from Morgantown-based Protea Biosciences...The company announced Friday that it had begun a research collaboration with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee...3/1


Eschenberg's plan for cleaning up Y-12 mercury

(Knoxville News Sentinel) I talked recently with John Eschenberg, the Department of Energy's interim Oak Ridge manager, about the cleanup plans and, more specifically, about dealing with the very significant mercury problems at Y-12. Eschenberg laid out a plan, although his plan is not specific in terms of months or years...2/29



North Koreans Agree to Freeze Nuclear Work; U.S. to Give Aid

(NY Times) North Korea announced on Wednesday that it would suspend its nuclear weapons tests and uranium enrichment and allow international inspectors to monitor activities at its main nuclear complex...2/29

East Tennessee

Tennessee Science Bowl set March 3

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Forty-eight teams are scheduled to compete March 3 in the Tennessee Science Bowl, with the winning team getting an all-expenses-paid trip to the National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy...2/29

energy & science policy

Should the Canadian Oil Sands Be Developed?

(Scientific American) Canadian crude is dirtier than most other oil, but the environmental impact of its use may be more local than global...2/28

science & technology

Turing centenary: The dawn of computing

(Nature) Alan Turing's bridging of logic and machines laid the foundation for digital computers...“Most computers today are the direct offspring of a Turing machine built from war-surplus components.”...2/29

Surfing at a Billion Bits Per Second

(Discovery News) From the street in the town of Sebastopol, Calif., only one thing hints that a house there has among the fastest residential broadband sold in America: an extra wire off the telephone pole, notably thinner than the adjacent electric, telephone and cable-TV wires...2/29

The Man Working To Reverse-Engineer Your Brain

(NPR) Our brains are filled with billions of neurons. Neuroscientist Sebastian Seung explains how mapping out the connections between those neurons might be the key to understanding the basis of things like personality, memory, perception, ideas and mental illness...2/29

Radical theory of first Americans places Stone Age Europeans in Delmarva 20,000 years ago

(Washington Post) When the crew of the Virginia scallop trawler Cinmar hauled a mastodon tusk onto the deck in 1970, another oddity dropped out of the net: a dark, tapered stone blade, nearly eight inches long and still sharp...2/29

Other Stories

Netanyahu will push Obama hard on Iran

(CS Monitor) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will reportedly ratchet up the pressure when he meets with President Obama in Washington next week...2/29